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EPA updates mercury and air toxics standards for new power plants

Agency also proposes updates to oil and gas storage tank standards
April 2, 2013

The EPA has issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under the mercury and air toxics standards, based on new information and analysis that became available to the agency after the rule was finalized.


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OSHA’s sequestration strategy starts with hiring freeze

Today is deadline
March 1, 2013

With the much anticipated sequestration deadline finally here, OSHA plans to freeze hiring and bonuses – moves that will enable the agency to avoid furloughing employees despite the looming budget cuts. That contradicts a Feb. 8 White House prediction that sequestration would force OSHA to take some of its inspectors off the job, at least for a period of time.


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OSHA whistleblower claims: Most are dismissed or withdrawn

February 5, 2013

Recently released statistics from OSHA show whistleblower claims are surging. This underscores the need for employers to be prepared for would-be whistleblowers and have procedures in place to handle complaints internally, lawyers said Tuesday. The number of whistleblower cases OSHA received pursuant to the 22 laws it enforces increased to 2,787 in fiscal 2012, up from 2,648 in 2011, reflecting steady yearly increases since 2009.


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Worker wish list for Obama’s second term

November 28, 2012

Hurray! The Presidential election is over. Let’s hope this means that Obama administration officials will come out from under their beds and embrace their regulatory authority to issue some strong public health and environmental regulations.


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EPA to give mercury, air toxics standards a second look

July 24, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it is reviewing technical information that is focused on pollution limits for new power plants under the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, based on new information provided by industry stakeholders after the rule was finalized.


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US Chemical Safety Board releases 2012 – 2016 strategic plan

July 13, 2012

Focus on incident investigations with the potential for the broadest repercussions, work to get recommendations implemented and use best practice project management to ensure organizational excellence.


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Oil industry: EPA fine particle proposal should consider existing standard

June 13, 2012

The American Petroleum Institute says that the existing PM 2.5 (fine particle) air quality standard should be among those EPA will consider for its proposed particulate standard rule.


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EPA ordered to hire back fired 9/11 whistleblower

Chemist warned of dust's danger to first responders' lungs
May 9, 2012

An EPA scientist who was fired after accusing the agency of covering up caustic dust hazards at Ground Zero will get her job back, under a recent order by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).


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PELs, recordkeeping changes on agenda at upcoming FACOSH meeting

April 17, 2012

OSHA's Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will be welcoming new members and taking up several key issues at its May 3rd meeting in Washington, D.C.


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EPA proposes rule to require electronic reporting for chemical info

April 17, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a proposed rule to require electronic reporting for certain information submitted to the agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


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